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June 09, 2016

High Tech Summer Break

BASF TECH Academy Students get a high-tech view of chemical manufacturing in River Parish Community College’s Process Technology learning laboratory, led by RPCC instructor John Sluder.
BASF TECH Academy Students get a high-tech view of chemical manufacturing in River Parish Community College’s Process Technology learning laboratory, led by RPCC instructor John Sluder.
Silvia Medrano, BASF

Gonzales -   More than 30 area high school students are meeting up at River Parishes Community College for a week of experience and learning called BASF TECH Academy.

 The students, guided by BASF staff and RPCC faculty, will run their own science experiments, visit several area agencies and industries in which high technical is the main tool, and will hear from industry leaders on high-tech careers in the Ascension Parish area.

 Sponsored with a generous gift from BASF, this is BASF TECH Academy’s second summer, and enrollment has swelled.

 "Through our partnership with River Parishes Community College, BASF TECH Academy is introducing local high school students to industries in our community that rely on science and technology in their daily operations," said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s site in Geismar, Louisiana. "Filled with fun and engaging field trips and hands-on activities, the program sponsored by BASF helps students make the connection between their coursework in high school and how they can begin preparing now for future well-paying careers."

 Leaders in area industry have said for years that a high school education is no longer sufficient for many of the high-skill, high tech jobs in the petro-chemical field. Many are requiring intensive post-high school technical training and often a two-year college degree.

 RPCC is proactive in addressing that need through a variety of technical courses, many of which lead to an associate’s degree and industry-required certification. Students in the BASF TECH Academy will see first-hand, for example, the skills needed for a career in Process Technology.

 “Consider this an outreach by our college to high school students as a way to open their eyes to the fascinating technical careers available,” said Dale Doty, RPCC chancellor, “and to make sure their eyes are wide-open to the education and training these careers require.” 

Personnel from BASF’s Geismar facility work hand-in-hand with RPCC staff to manage the Academy and enhance the experience. Students will visit several area tech businesses and organizations, including BASF, as part of the Academy.

 River Parishes Community College focuses on building the workforce of today and tomorrow through specific skill training and providing transferrable courses and curricula leading to certification and associate degrees. RPCC works closely with its communi­ties to provide programs for personal, professional and academic growth.

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River Parishes Community College in Sorrento, La., is an open-admission, two-year, postsecondary public institution dedicated to developing and assisting students in achieving personal, professional and academic success. A component of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system and its board of supervisors, RPCC serves the Louisiana river parishes by providing transferable courses and curricula through certificates and associate's degrees. Please visit www.rpcc.edu or call (225) 675-8270 for more information.